Red Bull Sailing Team
Red Bull Sailing Team has been run from the outset by two legends of Austrian sport, Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Tornado catamaran gold medallists from the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, when on both occasions they were one of Austria’s two gold medal winners.
Having taken a brief sabbatical, both Hagara and Steinacher are back on board Red Bull Sailing Team. “We sailed the last two events in 2018 and were quite successful,” recounts Hagara. “We finished second at the last event in Mexico and we try to continue that this year – we are looking forward to the season.”
Rhys Mara returns as trimmer and is joined on board by fellow Australian Mark Spearman and Swede Julius Hallström who respectively sailed with INEOS Rebels UK and SAP Extreme Sailing Team on the Extreme Sailing Series last season.
Recruited as helmsman is New Zealander Adam Minoprio. In 2000 Minoprio became the youngest ever Match Racing World Champion and he has since sailed two Volvo Ocean Races and been part of the Luna Rossa and Groupama Team France America’s Cup challenges.
But Minoprio is also one of the most experienced and successful GC32 helmsmen. He was steering when SAP Exteme Sailing Team won the Extreme Sailing Series in 2017 and finished third last year. The season before he had claimed several events on the GC32 Racing Tour standing in for Franck Cammas on NORAUTO, after a winter when the French America’s Cup team was training daily on GC32s. In fact Minoprio won the very first GC32 event back in May 2013.